Rescuers release 108 stranding Tasmania pilot whales
Published: 01:53 PM, 27 September 2020
At least 108 surviving pilot whales have been released back into the sea after a mass stranding in Australia.
Marine Experts said Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast is now clear of live whales.
But about 350 whales died in what is Australia's worst stranding on record.
Now, attention has turned to disposal of the carcasses, with 15 buried at sea on Friday in a trial to test the success of that method.
On Saturday, a statement released by the Tasmanian government confirmed that 108 long-finned pilot whales which had survived the stranding had been released outside the heads at Macquarie Harbour.
Marine Conservation Program wildlife biologist Dr. Kris Carlyon remarked it as “a fantastic outcome after five days of hard work” by the rescue team.
Efforts are now being made to remove the carcasses from the harbor.
This would take a number of days and depend on wind, tide, and other conditions, said the government statement.